Arts and Humanities
Study humanities at WEA Sydney in a relaxed and social environment, and central CBD location. Easily accessible by public transport, our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors, and offer you great value for money.
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Great speeches have influenced and sometimes even changed the world. As US President Barack Obama once repeatedly mentioned in a famous speech in 2008 “don't tell me that words don't matter”, words in speeches indeed do matter and can become an inspiration and guidance for millions of people, and can give them also hope, especially in their darkest hours. But in the hands of tyrants and demagogues, like Hitler and Goebbels in Nazi Germany, words can also seduce the audience to... [More]
Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (a Japanese form of short poem) captures a moment in nature. It is a doorway to Zen practice – it’s a way to write what you know. A ginko is a walk in nature, during which your writing hand keeps moving just like your legs. Whatever sights, sounds and smells you experience can transform... [More]
150 years ago, in 1867, the southern states of the United States were forced to give black men the vote. It was the final humiliation for the defeated south -- punishment for starting the costliest war in American history, with 620 000 soldiers killed, millions more injured and the South devastated. This updated course traces the origins of the war, some of the main battles, and the continuing legacy of the conflict. Video clips and images of the battlefields today bring the story... [More]
The course will introduce the students to the science of Medical Anthropology, one of the most exciting and most highly developed subfields of anthropology. In brief, it could be defined as a discipline that studies health, illness, healing processes and medical policies in diverse societies and cultures. But there is much more to say about it, since we are all deeply affected by its core themes and often personally involved in the issues of its interest. Slides, photographs and... [More]
This 3 × 2 hr course is about evolution made famous by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution rather than about the man himself. It is for people who wish to understand what the theory is really saying, what the sceptics are saying, and the manner in which it shaped our thinking about life and science. Although Darwin’s evolutionary theory is now somewhat taken for granted, it is not supposed to explain all forms of evolution and scientists have since moved on. COURSE OUTLINE The... [More]
Late last year, a new Jezreel Valley railway replaced the narrow-gauge line built to connect the port of Haifa with the Hejaz railway from Damascus to Medina, which was destroyed in 1948 during the Arab-Israeli war. Early last century, the Ottomans overcame great obstacles to build both lines to carry pilgrims to Mecca, but the Hejaz railway was largely destroyed by one of Britain’s most extraordinary military leaders, Colonel T E Lawrence. Share the exciting story of the building... [More]
Herod the Great has had a bad press in both Judaism and Christianity, yet he was among the greatest of Jewish leaders. His massive building program included the greatest temple in the ancient world and a fine port, as well as theatres, markets, palaces, city walls and aqueducts. Like Henry VIII, he killed several wives, as well as his father-in-law and two of his sons, and other people who stood in his way, but his kingdom survived and prospered as long as he did. A revealing,... [More]
A Much-maligned Monarch: Herod the Great Builder
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The attempted coup d'état on 15 July 2016, in Turkey, seems to have given President Erdoğan an opportunity to rid himself of Fethullah Gülen sympathisers. Discuss events surrounding the coup and the steps taken by Erdoğan in the aftermath to reorganise the public administration, the judiciary and the military. A radical overhaul of the state mechanism is likely to alter the public life in Turkey and change the course that was set when the Republic was established. [More]
Japan’s famous woodblock print series by the master landscape artist Utagawa Hiroshige. The series was a huge success on the streets of Edo, the Shogun’s capital, when published in 1833-1834. The series beautifully depicts everyday life of travellers and locals at the rest areas along the Tokaido road which linked Edo (today’s Tokyo) with Kyoto. We explore the Tokaido by “virtually” travelling down major sections, thereby deepening our understanding of the content of the woodblock... [More]
Around 350 BC, Greeks of Marseille founded a permanent settlement and called it Nikaia, after Nike, the goddess of victory. Through the ages, the town has changed hands many times. For centuries it was a dominion of Savoy, then returned to Piedmont-Sardinia until its re-annexation by France in 1860. The natural beauty of the Nice area and its mild Mediterranean climate attracted the English upper classes in the second half of the 18th century, creating the famous promenade des... [More]